Firetruck made into hearse for fallen firefighters
A Torrington man turned a firetruck into a hearse to honor fallen firefighters after their deaths.
"One of the things I always wanted for myself when I take my last ride, and I'm not driving, is to ride on a fire pumper," says Jay Krause, who spent 25 years as a volunteer firefighter in Unionville.
He says he fell in love with firetrucks and firefighting as a child, and that he still feels a deep connection to the work even though he's retired. So he bought an old firetruck and outfitted it to carry a casket so that firefighters and paramedics can be carried on board during their funeral processions.
Krause says having one final ride is meant to provide closure for those who dedicated so many years to the service of helping others. He's offering the firetruck throughout Connecticut.